Babies and toddlers learn through their senses and texture books are an experiential learning opportunity. Reading opportunities that engage the senses support language development, increase vocabulary, encourage turn-taking and strengthen relationships.
Why do it?
- At this age, baby is interested in details such as texture, and can explore a fabric ‘texture book’ safely.
- A book made of different fabrics is easy to make.
- Whānau can also use the texture book in the Exploring textures play idea.
How to do it
- Cut between 6 and 8 fabric pieces, about 15 cm square. Use a range of fabric types such as satin, wool, fake fur, lace and so on.
- Sew or staple them together firmly, to make a book.
- If you use staples, cover the backs of the staples so there are no sharp points that could poke baby (for example, use strong tape that baby can’t pull off).
- If you’re keen to get more creative things can be added by securely sewing different coloured or shaped patches or buttons to the pages.
- Be sure to sew carefully and strongly so there’s no danger of baby pulling or chewing anything off the material that could be a choking hazard (like a button).
Using more te reo Māori
|Te reo Māori
|Notice, pay attention to
|Point out, draw attention to
|Sense of touch
|Soft to touch
|To choke, be choking
|He aha tēnei?
|What is this?
|He mākohakoha tēnei rauemi
|This material is smooth
|Kei te rongo ahau tētahi mea newanewa
|I can feel something soft
|Homai tō ringaringa
|Give me your hands
|Me pēhea te pā?
|How does it feel?